I knew very early on that I was destined to be a city girl. I tend to wilt outdoors, I prefer food that isn't cooked by me, and I really like movies that need subtitled translations. Or maybe it's just that I prefer to remain anonymous when I visit the 7-11 in my pajama pants. No matter the reason, in contrast to my everyday life, I can't get enough of small towns and villages in fiction. They provide a warm and cozy vacation to a place with a personality of its own, complete with a variety of colorful characters that form an extended fictional family. Judging by the popularity of many of these books, I am not alone.